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Opioid Pain Pills Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Are you still taking an opioid medicine?
  • How often are you having symptoms of OIC?
  • How much water are you drinking on a daily basis?
  • How much fiber are you getting on a daily basis? Are you using a fiber supplement?
  • How much exercise are you getting during an average week?
  • Do you feel that your medicine for OIC is effective? Is it helping?
  • Describe your symptoms. Are you having hard or lumpy stools, straining to pass stool, a feeling of incomplete emptying after a stool, or feeling like there is an obstruction to passing stool?
  • Are your symptoms present with more than one out of every four bowel movements?
  • How often are you having bowel movements? More or fewer than three per week?
  • Do you need to use laxatives in order to have a bowel movement?
  • Have you recently started or changed an opioid medicine or increased the dose of an opioid medicine?
  • What side effects are you noticing with your medicine for opioid-induced constipation?
  • What tests and treatments have you had so far?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What is the best treatment for my opioid-induced constipation?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my constipation?
  • How do you diagnose opioid-induced constipation?
  • What treatments are available for opioid-induced constipation?
  • Why do ordinary laxatives fail to relieve my symptoms?
  • What is the best treatment for my opioid-induced constipation?
  • How soon can I expect to see improvements in my opioid-induced constipation?
  • What changes do I need to make to my diet?
  • What other lifestyle changes or therapies could help my opioid-induced constipation?
  • What should I do if my OIC symptoms get worse?
  • Are there other OIC treatments that would do a better job of helping my symptoms?
  • Are my new or different symptoms related to OIC or is something else going on?
  • Do you believe my symptoms are due to opioid use or another problem, such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)? Why do you think this?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Nov 1
  1. Constipation. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. 
  2. Gregorian T, Lewis J, Tsu L. Opioid-induced constipation: clinical guidance and approved therapies. US Pharm. 2017;42(12)15-19

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